Tuesday, May 2, 2017


In Music History

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2014'60s R&B/pop singer Jessica Cleaves (Friends Of Distinction) dies at age 65 of complications from a stroke.
2012Greg Ham's funeral takes place at the Fitzroy Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia, with more than 300 mourners attending. The Men at Work flute player died two weeks earlier on April 19, at his home in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton North. Among the many mourners attending, are his partner, Linda Wostry, from whom he had recently separated, and Men At Work bass player John Rees. At the end of the service, to the strains of jazz music, Greg's 20-year-old son, Max, stands on the steps of the town hall, holding a framed photo of his father, while his sister, Greg's 17-year-old daughter, Camille, releases a single white dove into the sky. The mourners then give the troubled musician a final round of applause as his coffin drives away down the streets of Melbourne.
2010A flood in Nashville damages the Grand Ole Opry House and Country Music Hall of Fame. John Fogerty, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Keith Urban are among those who lose guitars and other equipment that is held in a storage facility. Also destroyed are the bass used on the Hank Williams song "Your Cheatin' Heart," and a Stratocaster owned by Jimi Hendrix.
2005Cream reunites for the first of four shows in London's Royal Albert Hall, the site of their farewell concert 36 years earlier. The band hasn't played together since their 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
2003Composer George Wyle, who wrote the theme song for the '60s TV series Gilligan's Island, dies at age 87.
1998Heavy metal guitarist Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto (of X-Japan) commits suicide at age 33 by hanging himself. 
1995Pink Floyd's album The Wall goes Diamond, with sales of over 10 million in the US. It later eclipses (oh wait, wrong album) that total with sales of well over 20 million.
1994Varg Vikernes, leader of the Norwegian black metal band Burzum, begins his trial for the murder of rival black metal musician (and former bandmate) Oystein Aarseth, co-founder of the band Mayhem. The two men had had a confrontation in August of 1993 which ended with the fatal stabbing of Aarseth. Vikernes was convicted at the trial and was sentenced to 21 years in prison; however he was released early in May of 2009 on probation and currently continues to do business as Burzum, with several albums released since then. He still has fans.
1992Dance Floor, a horse owned by MC Hammer, comes in third in the Kentucky Derby.
1988Living Colour's debut album, Vivid, is released. It would take almost a year to catch on, as the band slowly builds a following through tours, radio play and MTV.
1987Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" hits #1 on the Hot 100.
1986Country singer-songwriter Rose Falcon is born in New York.
1985Pop singer-songwriter Lily Allen is born in Hammersmith, London, England.
1980Joy Division play what transpires to be their final show at the University of Birmingham, England, two weeks before singer Ian Curtis commits suicide at the age of 23. The show features the band's only live performance of the song "Ceremony," which is later released as the debut single by New Order - a new act formed from the surviving members.
1979At the Rainbow Theatre in London, The Who play their first concert following the death of drummer Keith Moon. Their new stickman is Kenney Jones, formerly of Faces.
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Dixie Chicks Appear Naked On Entertainment Weekly Cover

Dixie Chicks appear naked on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly, with slogans such "Traitors," "Hero," "Boycott," "Saddam's Angels" and "Proud Americans" printed across their bodies. The slogans represent the mixed reaction Dixie Chicks received following singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush comments.
The year starts off well for the Chicks. The trio is flying high on the success of their album Home, which brings them a Top 10 hit with the Fleetwood Mac cover "Landslide" and takes them on an international tour. Before performing their country chart-topper "Travelin' Soldier" during a London performance, Maines takes the opportunity to address the brimming post-9/11 "War on Terror" back home, saying: "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."

Cue anti-Dixie Chicks hysteria. Maines clarifies her statement on the band's website, writing that she is against war, not against US troops. But with the Internet, many radio stations, and the President of the United States against them, the damage is done. 

On the day of the Entertainment Weekly shoot, the group's publicist tries to convince them to tone down their message, but they won't budge. Every word on their body, including "Saddam's Angels," is an actual comment that was hurled at them online. But what is most hurtful is the lack of support from the country music community. Martie Maguire says: "We don't feel a part of the country scene any longer, it can't be our home anymore."

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